AMIR MAHYAR TAFRESHIPOUR (b 1974 )
Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour was born in 1974 and is a leading Iranian contemporary composer. He has worked with a number of major ensembles, soloists and orchestras and specialises in contemporary music that reaches across time and continents. His opera The Doll Behind the Curtain, based on a work by the famous Persian writer Sadegh Hedayat, was premiered at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in King’s Place, London in 2015. In 2003 he won the first prize at the biennial composition competition for new music at Tehran University with his solo piano work Images of Childhood. In the same year he was awarded a silver medal for outstanding achievement at Trinity College of Music, presented by the Duke of Kent. The BBC commissioned his harp concerto Persian Echoes in 2005, premiered under the baton of Pascal Rophé and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2016 Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour completed his PhD in composition at Brunel University, London, under the supervision of Professor Christopher Fox.